In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop – is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
Release Year: 2014
Rating: 6.7/10 (6,692 voted)
Director: José Padilha
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Overseas, their drones have been used by the military for years – and it's meant billions for OmniCorp's bottom line. Now OmniCorp wants to bring their controversial technology to the home front, and they see a golden opportunity to do it. When Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) – a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit – is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer. OmniCorp envisions a RoboCop in every city and even more billions for their shareholders, but they never counted on one thing: there is still a man inside the machine pursuing justice.
Crime has a new enemy.
Filming Locations: Pinewood Toronto Studios, Port Lands, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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The new RoboCop is a surprisingly good and entertaining sci-fi action
thriller that appeals to the human heart by conveying emotions and the
humanity side of Murphy, the main character who eventually becomes the
titled cyborg law enforcer. The film ultimately wins for not trying to
be the original (1987 version). The story of Murphy is similar (since
it's a remake) but does its own thing to provide something new instead
of retelling the same thing again. The film focuses more on the
development of Murphy's character, his initial response to his cyborg
body and relationship with his family, making the character more
emotional and relatable to the audience.
The film delves into the meaning of humanity, family themes, media
influence on public opinion, corporate greed (capitalism),
authoritarianism and corrupt law enforcement authorities. It provides a
brief view of the struggles we might face with machines or digital
surveillance of the future. It also briefly raises the question whether
it's ethical or legal to eliminate the human factor in law enforcement
to reduce crime rates by creating merciless cyborgs or robots to
The action sequences are updated with a higher body count, with better
CGI and sound effects, making them cooler, stylish and more
entertaining than the original. The new black tactical design of
Robocop is found to be acceptable and nice…the updated Robocop is
more agile, flexible and stronger compared to the original. However, I
personally find the right human hand to be slightly distracting. (I
prefer no human hand at all, entirely machine except the face)
There's quite a lot of credible actors in this film: Abbie Cornish, Jay
Baruchel, James Earle Haley, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L.
Jackson all providing decent performances to this remake. Although it's
hardly a ground-breaking film or a masterpiece, Robocop is a decent and
satisfying remake that delivers on many levels. There's currently no
plot problems, inconsistencies or plot holes found in this film at this
time of writing this review. So, it's good enough for a recommendation
to watch it.